Retired bishop inspiration for new supportive housing community

January 5, 2024
A large, modern sandstone apartment building that says Catholic Charities on the side. The grounds are neatly landscaped.

Earlier this year, CCEW held the grand opening of Bishop Skylstad Commons, a 60-unit supportive housing community whose mission is to ensure that every person has a supportive, inclusive, sustainable home where they will thrive and live to their highest potential. 

Residents of Bishop Skylstad Commons receive monthly visits from licensed medical professionals and on-site access to wraparound services including case management, care coordination, peer support, mental health and substance abuse counseling, supportive employment and tenancy skills. 

In addition to providing on-site services, project staff help residents connect to community events and groups, develop individual plans for long-term wellness and facilitate connections to other regional service providers, as needed. 

Bishop Skylstad Commons – named after Bishop-Emeritus William Skylstad of Spokane – adds new units within Pasco, Washington, city limits and is designed to provide a long-term housing option for individuals facing housing instability. 

Safe housing, access to the services we need and social connectivity are key factors for all of us. Bishop Skylstad Commons provides all three, and it will be a platform residents use to move toward more stable, healthier lives.

Rob McCann, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Eastern Washington.

The project creates 60 new units of quality housing in Pasco at a time when rising costs and limited housing inventory have made it increasingly difficult for many in the community to find or maintain adequate living arrangements. Bishop Skylstad Commons provides a solution by adding permanent, service-enriched housing centered on community building.

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